Before the Premier League, the English Football league used a sleeve patch from 1989 to 1992, but since the inception of the Premiership then the patches have been supplied commercially by Chris Kay (Fuseon / Lextra patent technology) and subsequently from around 2007, SportingID (Sencilia).
There have been several different versions of the patches released onto the marketplace:
1. Lextra material (players)
2. Plastic material (retail / general use)
3. Fabric version *this was normally only used for the players using adidas shirts, where the iron-on Lextra or Plastic versions would not heat seal reliably over the adidas 3-stripes on the sleeve. (eg. Newcastle).
1. Lextra / Sencilia
Subside have stocked all versions at one time or another, but we always encourage people to keep to the Lextra or Sencilia players versions where possible. There are a lot of older reproduction (sometimes fake) versions available online, but it is unlikely that the FA will allow official reproduction of the older styles.